A golden beach backed by dunes, sand sweeping over the streets and charming independent shops come together in Instow. This beautiful little village is a must-see when visiting North Devon and is just a 10-minute drive from Duckhaven Stud and the Seahorse Apartments.
Instow is a wonderful place to spend a day with family, friends or a loved one. The beach stretches away from the village to the estuary, with colourful boats sitting on the sand at low tide. In the summer, the estuary glistens and the beach comes to life. What better way to spend a day than lounging around in the sunshine with a delicious ice cream? Keen wind-surfers love hitting the water at Instow. Watching their sails whip through the estuary is a truly beautiful sight. If you're visiting with family, the kids will love playing in the sand and running through the dunes. For couples, the beach is never too crowded, making it the perfect spot for a romantic picnic.
One of the village's greatest novelties is the Instow to Appledore ferry. Hop on the boat throughout the spring and summer to explore the other side of the estuary. Appledore is in essence a mirror-image of Instow, with fisherman's cottages lining the waterfront and cute little shops to discover. All-year round, North Devon's Tarka Trail is one of the most fun ways to reach Instow. Hire a bike and travel along the river from Bideford to Instow. The trail stretches for 30 miles, following old train tracks through the countryside.
If you're stopping for lunch or dinner, Instow has an outstanding selection of pubs and restaurants. On the waterfront, The Boathouse is a hugely popular restaurant, famous for its delicious seafood dishes. The Instow Arms is another favourite among locals. No trip to North Devon would be complete without a visit to Johns of Instow. This famous family business set up shop in Instow and Appledore, serving exquisite cakes, pastries, meats, cheeses, ciders and beers. If you're looking for an indulgent treat, this is the place to go. Why not pick up some fresh ingredients to cook back at your luxury holiday cottage?
In the evening the sun sets behind Appledore, creating a spectacular silhouette. Photographers will find so much to capture here, from the sandy streets and pretty cottages to the atmosphere of the village. Fisherman can be spotted going about their day on the water, one of the many charming sights here. We don't just recommend Instow for a summer visit, in the winter you'll have the beach and dunes all to yourselves. Enjoy a brisk winter walk along the beach and stop for a warming coffee and a cake at John's Deli. Whenever you choose to visit North Devon for a luxury holiday, we're sure you'll love exploring this charming village.
Luxury holidays in North Devon are all about relaxation. Enjoy the slower pace of life, venturing to traditional waterside villages like Instow, before settling into your home-from-home for the evening at Westward Living.Click here to check availabiilty & book
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